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Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

British Gypsum celebrates million hours milestone at Kirkby Thore

Plaster and plasterboard supplier British Gypsum is celebrating its team at the Kirkby Thore mine in Cumbira which has reached the feat of one million hours without a lost-time accident. The team at the plant in Penrith has taken a number of steps to achieve this milestone, including a new …

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Lakes splashes out on new board appointment

Lakes Showering Spaces has appointed Mike Gahir as a director. He joined the family-owned business in October to help accelerate Lakes’ long-term strategy. Gahir’s experience includes finance director for a steel processing business, and most recently director in the Corporate Finance function of a global accountancy firm. With real strengths …

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Demelza children’s hospice wins Selco makeover prize

South-east children’s hospice Demelza Hospice Care for Children is planning a garden makeover after winning £500 to spend at Selco Builders Warehouse through the Selco Stars scheme. The charity, which operates in Kent, East Sussex and South East London, is planning to utilise its prize on building materials to revamp …

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Södra takes virtual viewers to Swedish forests

Timber supplier Södra  has launched an immersive experience to take viewers to its Swedish forestry operation. Using the latest 360ᴼ video technology, Södra’s video takes users to the forest, allowing them tp meet a forest inspector and a family of forest-owners. Södra is run by more than 42,000 forest owners in southern Sweden – many of whom have inherited forests passed on through …

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Government puts merchant showrooms on lockdown ‘naughty’ list

Despite builders and plumbers merchants being deemed ‘essential businesses’ during the second UK lockdown, and therefore allowed to remain open, this does not extend to showrooms, the Government has confirmed in further guidance. Non-essential businesses must close, and that includes showrooms open to the public for products used in homes, …

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Sharma heaps praise on UK construction industry

A letter sent from the Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP to industry organisations has praised the whole construction industry for the way it has stepped up to the challenges that 2020 has set. In the letter, Sharma sets …

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Cummings’ final goings

Fiona Russell-Horne

 Expelliarmus To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, to get rid of one political irritant may be fortunate, to get rid of two, seems like good planning. Barely a week after the US electorate turned out in their millions to send the Joe Biden/Kamal Harris partnership on the path to the White House, …

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Grenfell inquiry hears how Celotex misled industry over fire rating

The inquiry into the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower has heard from a former employee that foam insulation manufacturer Celotex misled the industry over the fire tests on its insulation board used in the tower block. The inquiry into the fire in June 2017, which killed 72 people, heard this …

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Keystone Lintels takes merchant campaign to the movies

Steel lintel manufacturer Keystone Lintels is launching a dramatic movie themed campaign designed to boost turnover via the company’s builders merchant partners with a dynamic new programme of increased support. The powerful new message to their merchant partners is simple – “let Keystone do all the hard work and we …

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Baxi and Worcester show off hydrogen heating prototype boilers

Boiler manufacturers Baxi Heating and Worcester Bosch have installed hydrogen burning boilers at ‘HyStreet’, in specially built demonstration houses at DNV GL’s specialist test site at Spadeadam in Northumberland. The site has been used to complete over 200 tests, researching and proving the safety of converting homes and gas networks …

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